UK Office for Product Safety & Standards has released new statutory guidance updates

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has updated a number of Statutory Guidance documents, which are all applicable to the marine industry for both Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The individual documents can be downloaded by following the links below. The list of guidance that has been updated and is now applicable and in force is as follows:

Recreational Craft Regulations 2017

Personal protective equipment (enforcement) regulations 2018

Equipment for explosive atmospheres regulations Continue reading “UK Office for Product Safety & Standards has released new statutory guidance updates”

Specialist aluminium boatbuilder recognised

The UK’s Wight Shipyard Co has been formally presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. The award was presented by Mrs Susie Sheldon JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, to Peter Morton, Chief Executive of The Wight Shipyard Co. in a ceremony at the thriving yard in East Cowes. The award was in particular recognition of their outstanding short-term growth in the export market.

Said Peter Morton, “We are delighted to accept this prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category on behalf of everyone at the yard who are very much part of the re-birth of the British shipbuilding industry. We set out to stem the tide of orders Continue reading “Specialist aluminium boatbuilder recognised”

Most sustainable electric Spirit yacht handed to new owner

Spirit Yachts, located in the UK, has launched its new Spirit 30. This 9.15m fully electric yacht is the company’s first hull to have flax lay-up and bio-resin incorporated into its build. Responding to demand for a smaller Spirit design, the first Spirit 30 has now been handed over to its new owner in the UK.

“The Spirit 30 is the ideal yacht for coastal or lake sailing, or competitive racing. She has all the style and beauty of the larger Spirits, with the fun-factor of a fast and easy to handle day sailor,” says Spirit CEO and head of design, Sean McMillan.

Spirit Yachts MD and head of production, Mike Taylor, adds: “Not only is the Spirit 30 much-admired and a joy to sail, but she is also the Continue reading “Most sustainable electric Spirit yacht handed to new owner”

MPC offers advice to personal watercraft regulation consultation

The Maritime Professional Council (MPC) of the UK has responded to a recent Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on whether personal watercraft (PWC) users should be subject to the same safety obligations that exist for the operators of ships.

In principle, the MPC supports the DfT’s proposals that would ensure PWC come within the scope of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (MSA) and has made a number of constructive observations aimed at achieving regulations that are fit for purpose.

Since being formed in September this year, the MPC has been busy working on various areas of maritime policy and has engaged with a Continue reading “MPC offers advice to personal watercraft regulation consultation”

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